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CityBlocks

GENERATIVE ARCHITECTURE AND 3D PRINTED SCULPTURES

In the Cityblocks series, urban ensembles are generated with a simple click. With each iteration appears a new densely built city block. Graced with impeccable geometrical lines, devoid of any human presence, these buildings remind us of brutalist utopias like Le Corbusier’s Cité radieuse or Niemeyer’s Brasilia. But despite their clearly modernist feel, there is something hauntingly primitive about them. They could be either New Mexican adobe pueblos, Minoan palaces, or Turkish troglodyte dwellings. Both carved and sculpted, these Ghormenghasts of concrete float in a realm out of time, like in some architect’s dream.

This generative architecture project uses predesigned geometry, which is loaded into a Javascript program that rearranges them randomly. An (almost) infinite number of iterations can then be generated and exported in either image or 3D format. The original intention was to create a 2D architectural maze but it rapidly evolved into a 3D city scale concept featuring a surrealistic mixture of architectural styles.

This project was published on August 9, 2022 on Fx(hash), a Tezos blockchain-based open NFT platform entirely focused on generative art.

Series of outputs from the online generator

The purpose of this creative work is to generate 3D architectural projects that could be implemented in the real world. Our accelerating lives, complicated by growing and unpredictable environmental crisis, call for an enhanced capacity to come up quickly with new architectural solutions adapted to different contexts. From computer assisted design to 3D printing, from augmented reality to real-life housing, from sculpture to architecture, this work aims at bridging the gap between the virtual and the tangible.

3D printed sculptures

The 3D outputs allow for 3D printing. These models were printed using different technologies and materials, testing size limits and resolutions.

Concrete Models

All of these sculptures are one of the modules that make up the urban ensemble.

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